Cadets from 378 (Mannock) Squadron Air Training Corps paraded on Sunday (1 February) to commemorate ATC Sunday, the official anniversary of the organisation’s formation in February 1941. For the members of the RAF Air Cadets in Wellingborough though, this anniversary is also shared by the Squadron itself, having been established in the same year.
To celebrate, cadets and staff from the Wellingborough unit joined ranks with their neighbouring Squadron for a 74th anniversary parade through Rushden.
The parade, which saw over 50 Air Cadets smartly turned out and marching through the town, is an annual event and one of a number of ceremonial duties that the Squadron is involved with in addition to its other varied activities. Parade Commander, Flight Lieutenant James Broadhurst, said: “Now is the perfect time for the cadets at Wellingborough to look at the important history of their Squadron, but also look squarely at its future, and their own.”
The Squadron, based at Spring Gardens in Wellingborough, is preparing for its future with an Intake Night on Wednesday 4 March where they hope to open their doors to many new recruits. Young people from around the area that are at least 12 years old and in year 8 at school are invited to attend.
After the cadets had marched back to base on Sunday, Cadet Sergeant Madeline Morgan (16) of Earls Barton, said: “What a great parade, and next year we’ll be celebrating our 75th birthday. I hope we have a party, and a cake, but I’d need help blowing out all those candles!”
Young people interested in learning more about the Air Cadets, or seeking further details about the Recruits’ Intake Night, can visit: www.378.org.uk or the Squadron’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Mannock. The Squadron’s training takes place at their headquarters on Monday and Wednesday evenings.